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Realize that this is the exact same thing as most MD programs. During the end of 2nd year and the beginning of 3rd year it is the first time they really touch patients. I think that most would agree that the end product of physician training is clinically the most competent provider. So having no clinical experience at the start of the program means very little, especially when the clinical training entails multiple thousands of hours.
*** I fully understand what you are saying but I disagree. My observation is that people (at least us nurses) seem to expect PA student to already be experienced in health care. Nobody expects medical students to have any hands on experience at all. Those that do are the exception.
I hope you didn't think I was criticizing the no health care experience model. I wasn't. Even though such a model is very far from the origins of PAs it obviously works and produces competent practitioners.